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Texas

Map of Texas with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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620

1.2k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

26,583

24%

F

Federal Facilities

7,011

46%

F

ICE Detention Centers

4,203

>100%

F

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

9,549

F

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

F

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

F

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Coffield Unit

State Facilities

1,245195

Seagoville FCI

Federal Facilities

1,184N/A

Robertson Unit

State Facilities

1,150288

Estelle Unit

State Facilities

1,050265

Hughes Unit

State Facilities

936264

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

6

number of courts

12

number of facilities

2

compassionate releases granted

14

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/total number of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
BrazosCounty-wide jails7/31/202033632Minor offenses
CameronCounty-wide jailsCourts5/1/20207310921746Other
DallasCounty-wide jailsCourts4/14/2020100058798746
GalvestonCounty-wide jailscourts5/1/20202098591187Minor offenses
HarrisCounty-wide jails5/1/20201488905010566Inability to pay bail
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
El Paso County JailEl Paso4/2/2020Incarcerated folks at El Paso County JailUprising/Protest–InternalExternalSanitation improvements
ICE Hutto CCAWilliamson County5/1/2020Grassroots LeadershipPhone ZapInternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
ICE Hutto CCAWilliamson County4/19/2020Never Again Action Central Texas, co-sponsored by Austin Jews for Justice, AZAAD Austin, Party of Socialism and Liberation, Workers World Party, RAICES, and Austin DSA’s Immigrant Right CommitteeCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
ICE Port IsabelCameron County5/31/20 - 6/15/20At least 2 incarcerated detaineesHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
ICE Prarieland Detention FacilityJohnson County5/20/2020ICE detaineesLaunch class-action suitExternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.